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Scaled-designed Firebird Spy Plane Flies With or Without Pilot

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Fareed Guyot
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#1 Posted: 5/12/2011 17:04:57

Scaled Composites designed the aircraft while Northrop Grumman Corporation developed the internal payloads that can collect intelligence, conduct reconnaissance, and simultaneously execute communications functions such as real-time video. The result, unveiled this week by Northrop Grumman, is an Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV) called Firebird, which can be flown manned or unmanned. The payloads are carried internally to help extend aircraft endurance, which could be as long as 40 hours.  The system is designed for “plug and play” internal payloads, much like a computer memory stick.  The aircraft flew a mere 12 months after the concept was first developed. The first manned flight will take place at the end of May or in early June.




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Jim Heffelfinger
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#2 Posted: 5/12/2011 23:27:40

Flies out of KMCC with a old school piston twin with a noise job - Been here since last fall. Out flying just the last ~8 weeks

Tried to embed the photo.....  wont go in...  hummmm




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Jim Heffelfinger
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#3 Posted: 5/13/2011 01:04:33

I said I wouldn't contribute/use this forum anymore - slow, doesn't embed and ...did I say slow?

Just had to share the N355SX info.   I have been shadowing the public info on this plane for a few weeks.  I will not share unless there are releases - don't want to have DHS on my door step.  Sure looks like there is a pilot but I have not seen one absolutely.  



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#4 Posted: 5/20/2011 13:22:50

Scaled Composites is hiring.

Elliot Seguin

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